The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, officially entered into force on 30 May 2019.
Start of trading under the Agreement commenced on 1 January 2021, in line with a Decision and Declaration adopted at the 13th Extraordinary Session of the AU Assembly on the AfCFTA on 5 December 2020.
Take a look at our AfCFTA resources page for more info.
tralac maintains a collection of regional and national trade-related resources, including copies of the texts and annexes of regional trade agreements from the east and southern Africa RECs, the AfCFTA, TFTA and African Union, as well as regional protocols and policy documents.
tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in Africa. This involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments. Our research is presented in trade briefs, working papers and books, among others.
tralac’s final newsletter for 2020 offers a reflection on some of the key trade and trade-related developments in Africa during an extraordinary year overshadowed by the impact and responses to COVID-19. We also reflect on some lessons we have learned along the way.
Trade Data Analysis
- pdf Waving or drowning: The impact of COVID-19 on East African Trade | UNECA-TMEA-AERC publication, February 2021
- spreadsheet South Africa AfCFTA: Summary of chapters, rules of origin and those outstanding and tariff liberalisation and exclusions
- pdf Agreement establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States and the UK - Presented to Parliament February 2019
- pdf South Africa Government Gazette No. 4409 SARS Customs and Excise Act Amendment of Schedule No. R. 1429 (General notes) - 31 December 2020.pdf
- pdf Report submitted to the 13th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly on the AfCFTA by H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou President of the Republic of Niger, Leader and Champion of the AfCFTA Process - 5 December 2021